July 25, 2013 at 7:37 AM
The case of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman
Guns are to blame
Race was not the reason Trayvon Martin was killed. [“Northwest Voices: The case of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman,” seattletimes.com, July 22.]
George Zimmerman may have been adverse to black people, adverse to intruders in his neighborhood or felt a need to protect his home. But that is not why Trayvon Martin is dead.
Martin is dead because Zimmerman was armed with a gun. Without the gun, there may have been a confrontation, even a fight, but not a death. Zimmerman didn’t need a gun. As a security watchman, he only needed to call the police, as he did. But with a gun, the confrontation ended in Martin’s death.
We all become aware of so many bad things that happen when somebody has a pistol in his pocket, but I seldom, if ever, hear about good things happening from having a firearm.
William Fite, Hansville
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